The vast, lush terrain of California’s wine country is a place of pilgrimage to the connoisseur of the rich vintages produced in the region. California’s wine country, the seat of the country’s viticulture is spread across four counties, the major vineyards being in Napa and Sonoma counties and other vineyards in Mendocino and Lake Counties. With more than 400 winemakers in the valleys such as Napa Valley, the region is home to some of the world’s best loved Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
Exploring the Wine Country
A tour of the wine country is best done by setting up base in a town and understanding the history and tradition of winemaking before actually tasting the wine. Wineries in the region are hospitable and popular the year round except for the winter months. There are also guided tours of wineries where you will gain the knowledge of the winemaking process and be invited to an official tasting. Wine tasting is an art that requires an understanding of the aroma and flavor of the wine. Sonoma Valley is considered the first wine-growing area in California and wineries are proud of their grand tradition and their signature wines. So make a trip to the place where good wine is held in high regard.